The High Rock River Trail

In four years of living in California, I saw many redwood groves. I even have a plan to write the list of my favorite parks to see the magnificent giants. Though I notice from our road trips north, one place somehow became a favorite. More correct to say, one road became our favorite. Two-line State…

South Yuba River State Park

South Yuba River is a welcome place for us. It’s a great start point for our long weekend plans. In three years we stopped at three different sections of the park, and it never disappointed us. The park is the composition of several parts mostly situated near river crossing. Here I will show you three sections…

Horseshoe Bend

Another iconic place in Arizona, the magnificent Horseshoe Bend of Colorado River, the hugely visited and many time photographed. The place is near Page, Arizona. The 1.5-mile trail starts from the rather big (but still small) parking lot. The path leads to the cliff from where the bend could be seen. The small official area…

McCloud River Falls

It’s already September on the calendar, and now I can say, August had a lot of adventures I crossed out from my California bucket list. The three Falls hike on McCloud river is one of them. I looked so many times on photo of this place and dreamed about it for a long time. If…

Mount Rainer National Park

Rainer is an active stratovolcano that erupted last time in 1854. Some told that if it erupts again, it could threaten Seattle and cause tsunamis in Puget Sound. The Native Americans called it Tahoma, or Tacoma – “mother of the waters.” The name Rainer was given by George Vancouver in honor of Admiral Peter Rainer….

Beacon Rock State Park

On November 2, 1805, Captain Clark wrote about remarkable 848ft-tall monolith he called Beaten Rock, changing the name on his return to Beacon Rock. A century passed, and Henry Biddle bought the Rock for $1. Biddle built a marvelous trail to the top between 1916 and 1918. Though I didn’t remember the Rock from the…

Hetch Hetchy and Waterfalls

Should I start with the fact that the only time we were in Yosemite we didn’t complete any hike? And that it was actually the worst weekend trip ever? Or should I say that I tried to plan the return trip to it but was so afraid of the tourists’ crowds and every time booked…

White Christmas at Plumas National Forest

I could recall all snowy Christmas I had last ten years. Only 3. And the last one was in 2016. My inner child always awaits the miracle of white snowflakes slowly falling onto the ground and trees… And I’m catching them. Snow as the part of the Christmas tradition is vital (though not critically :))…

Cedar Grove and Sequoia National Park

We stayed in the park in the Cedar Grow Lodge. The hotel situated on the bank of the South Fork Kings river. I don’t know how it looks in Summer, but orange and yellow foliage adds the charm!